Winter group tour – Spiritual Rest In Holy Echmiadzin։ Echmiadzin (St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, Mother Cathedral, Treasury Museum), Zvartnots temple, making and tasting of national dish “Dolma” in “Machanents” family restaurant, traditional lunch

Winter group tour – Spiritual Rest In Holy Echmiadzin։ Echmiadzin (St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, Mother Cathedral, Treasury Museum), Zvartnots

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One-day guided tour in Armenia: Garni pagan temple, Geghard Monastery, Lavash baking and testing master-class. Professional guide service and comfortable transport.

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LOCATION:
Vagharshapat
DURATION:
6-7 hours
GROUP SIZE:
1-19 PAX
PRICE PER ADULT:
11900 AMD
PRICE PER CHILD:
5950 AMD
TOUR LANGUAGE:
Russian, English
PICK UP POINT:
Cascade Complex
STARTING TIME:
10:00

Included

GUIDE SERVICE

WI-FI

ENTRANCE TICKETS

BOTTLED WATER

TRADITIONAL LUNCH

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WED

THU

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SAT

SUN

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Brief description

This daily tour will include the visit of St. Hripsime church, which was built on the sepulcher of a Christian nun Hripsime who fled from the Roman Empire and was killed in Armenia. After we will visit the 7th century church of St. Gayane. Gayane was the nanny of Hripsime, and shared Hripsime’s tragic fate. You will also be in the first christian cathedral in the world-Mother Cathedral of Echmiadzin. The church was built in 301-303. We will also pay a visit to the Zvartnots temple/cathedral which is considered to be as a unique architectural structure and is involved in the world list of UNESCO heritage sites.

  1. Wi-Fi on board
  2. Traditional lunch
  3. Professional guide service (English, Russian)
  4. All entrance tickets
  5. Bottled water
  6. Local sweets
  7. “Dolma” making master class
  1. Starting point: the monument of A.Tamanyan near Cascade Complex. Please be at the starting point 20 minutes before the start of the tour.
  2. The duration of the tour may vary depending on the weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.
  3. For security reasons the trip might be modified or cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.
  4. The tour for children under 2 is free of charge.
  5. 50 % discount for children 3-10 is available.
  6. We can organize the pick-up from your hotel in city center upon request.

Stop 1: 10:40
St. Hripsime church

The Temple of Saint Hripsime was founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Two prominent Armenian Cathlicoses are buried in the court yard of Saint Hripsime Temple. They are Catholicos Astvatsatur (1715-1725) and Catholicos Garaped II Oolnetzi (1725-1729).

Stop 2: 11:30
St. Gayane church

St. Gayane Temple was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Above the western entrance there was preserved the murals of the 17th century on the theme of the birth of Christ. Near the Saint Gayane Temple there is a special room where animals are sacrificed and stabbed from the time of St. Gregory the Illuminator. This rite is called – matah, which is customary to perform for any occasion: weddings, birth of a child, etc.

Stop 3: 13:00
Dolma making masterclass and traditional lunch

After discovering the architectural treasures of this region you will take part in Traditional Dolma making master-class in “Machanents” family restaurant and will have a delicious lunch.

Stop 4: 15:00
Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral

You will visit the city of Echmiadzin and the Mother Cathedral of Echmiadzin. One of the world ancient cathedrals, namely mother cathedral of Echmiadzin was built in the area where the advent of Jesus occurred according to the First Armenian Patriarch (All Armenian Catholicos/Holiness) Gregory the Illuminator’s dream. It is also considered to be the first mother cathedral of the antique Armenia. The church was built in 301-303.

Stop 5: 16:00
Zvartnots Temple

After studying the history of Christianity you can also pay a visit to the Zvartnots temple/cathedral which is considered to be as a unique architectural structure and is involved in the world list of UNESCO heritage sites. Here the temple/fane of the pagan god Tir was situated. Then in the 7th century the Zvartnots temple or Saint Gregory Cathedral was built. The floor, somewhere the lower wall constructions, capitals, anchors, the sculptured sun-clock and the remnants of fresco, mosaics, etc. are currently preserved here.

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